Here we are in the home stretch. My flight leaves from MSY airport at 8:50 Saturday morning, off to a brief layover in Vegas, then on to Oakland/Berkeley. My emotions have been all over the place in the last 2 weeks, ranging from anxiety to excitement. I’m currently on the excitement end of the spectrum; I can only hope that lasts up to Saturday and for the six weeks of adventuring to follow. I like to think I’m doing the right thing, going to this intensive program. I want to learn.
Also, every time I start to think I’m making a terrible mistake with my career choice, something happens to set me straight. This time it came unexpectedly. I decided to look up my name to see what it means. A lot of the definitions I’d seen before: paradise, sent from God, etc. But one definition made me stop: fair phantom. That conjured up all sorts of images in my fantasy and sci-fi loving brain. All sorts of ideas for a new novel were hatched, just in that moment. And then I found this image. And I think it’s going to take me down a very interesting road indeed. I can only hope you all stick around for the ride.